WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bipartisan support may have faded further from reality Saturday when the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee condemned Democratic health care proposals which he said would “make our nation’s finances sicker.”
In the GOP’s weekly radio and Internet address, Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, said that a comprehensive health care reform bill should decrease costs and be deficit-neutral. He said that the Democratic bills put forth “fail to meet these standards.”
Democrats have proposed some cuts to Medicare which would be used to cover uninsured Americans. Enzi accused Democrats of “raid[ing] Medicare” and said “savings from Medicare should only be used to strengthen Medicare.”
“These bills would expand comparative effectiveness research that would be used to limit or deny care based on age or disability of patients,” Enzi said.
Enzi also said that his colleagues in the Senate have put forth amendments that would “protect Americans by prohibiting the rationing of their health care.” He continued, “The Democrats showed their true intent by voting every amendment down.”
After making clear Republicans’ dismay with Democratic proposals, Enzi urged President Obama and Democrats in Congress to “reject the go-it-alone path that they are currently on.”
Yawn, again a typical Republican slant, shooting down whatever the Dems try to propose, criticising without offering concrete solutions in return and making sure finances are the number one concern, not healthcare. If the GOP had all the answers, why haven't they done anything themselves before now? Because their priority lie in business, BIG business. This partisanship (from both sides) is the reason nothing meaningful will ever get accomplished and the staus quo will continue to drag down the country, to the extent that even the most fervent flag waiver will be forced to acknowledge.
Every republican should be ashamed of the scare tactics that they are using to scare the elderly and the rest of the americans.......if all you have is FEAR and SCARE as your solutions to the Health Care Issue then you need to be voted out of office and the GOP needs to ROT into non existance...........
Sounds like another loser Repub whining again. Why does anyone pay any attention to these whiners when they propose nothing except their failed ideas?
They even whine in unison without ever coming up with anything new. I guess the Repubs need a leader, any leader, since they obviously have none.
Until such a time comes that we can legally force others to live healthy lifestyles to the degree we can collectively manage health care costs....it is grossly unfair for people living in a healthy manner, by choice, to pay for the self-destruction of others.
Why don't we reform medicare and medicade first and see how the reforms work and see all the great savings promised before we try to reform everyone's health care. The politicians demonizing health insurance companies and health care providers sometimes rightly so and some changes need to be made. But what about the scumbag ambulance chaseing trial lawyers. How come all the proposals so far don't include medical malpractice reform which could save over 150 billion a year. What is more important the campaign contributions from the trial bar or American taxpayers. So far I don't like the answer.
The Dems need to come back fighting. This needs to get done and it needs to get done now. Republicans have fought every fought everything from civil rights, to education reform, to medicare..........does anyone actually think they are going to go softly into that good night when it comes to health care. Come on Dems drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st century and do what you know is the right thing:
HEALTH CARE FOR ONE AND ALL!!!!
Senator Enzi I don't like having to pay for your health care.Quite frankly siding with insurance companies who ration your care, rake you over the coals with high premiums only shows me that you severly lack character and backbone to stand up to the insurance industry. Spare me the budget deficit snow job. You had no problem spending money like a drunken sailor for the last 8 years. Democrats go it alone and pass health reform.
Sheesh, these liberals,huh? As Sen. Enzi says best, these Dems need to "reject the go-it-alone path that they are currently on.” I absolutely agree that what Congress should do instead is ignore the public mandate that got them sworn into office, listen to what a somewhat irrelevant Senator has to say from Wyoming, and accept every proposal he makes that is in fundamental disagreement with public health care reform. Unlike millions of Americans, he and his family's wealth would allow him to see a doctor in the event one of them falls ill or injured.
So when one party refuses to cast a single vote, won't have the discussion except through the sound byte oriented press, how can another party be anything but partisan?
Keep collecting your tax dollars, Mr. Enzi. A job well done.
Us Democrats must and will go it alone. The GOP has forever oposed anything that benefits average Americans, such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, minimum wage increases, Veterans GI Bill, and on and on. And now they want to PRETEND that they care. Get real.
Blah, blah , blah. Who is this guy and why is he trying to stop my healthcare? Honestly I am fed up with the party of No. No ideas, no clue and (hopefully) no votes.
Well, surprise, he is a liar.
One hundred sixteen of the Republikkan amendments have already been adopted into those bills.
They do not want health insurance reform.
Better duck Enzi. The train is coming!
Mike Enzi is not telling the truth. He has no desire for any reform. he has confessed that his sole purpose was to slow down progress before the recess and he succeeded. However, i hope that he will not succeed in his goals of stopping reform. He is a hypocrite about deficit neutrality when he and other republicans cared not a wit about it in the Bush years. He is a beneficiary of the healthcare industry and he is a disciple of the Rush Limbaugh school of hoping President Obama fails at trying to provide healthcare for those of us that need it. Those of us that want to honor Senator Kennedy and h
Doesn't evidenced based research and practice trump fear and profit?
Mike Enzi is not telling the truth. He has no desire for any reform. he has confessed that his sole purpose was to slow down progress before the recess and he succeeded. However, i hope that he will not succeed in his goals of stopping reform. He is a hypocrite about deficit neutrality when he and other republicans cared not a wit about it in the Bush years. He is a beneficiary of the healthcare industry and he is a disciple of the Rush Limbaugh school of hoping President Obama fails at trying to provide healthcare for those of us that need it. Those of us that want to honor Senator Kennedy and his work will fight for him and this reform.
Another clueless right-wing hack........ who cares what he has to say. I mean, he's from Cheney country.
This is the first republican i have seen screaming and hollering for the voices of the majority of Americans.
We need a Republican who can stand up for us and not back down from the Democrates campaign of lies and deceit. We need a representive with backbone who doesn't care about being political correct,( which is a word made up by the left to suit their own agenda).And where is the investigation of ACORN and the comunist that Obama put in office. Somebody do something and quit worring about their political careers for a change
Just see how poorly they handled, and actually mishandled the stimulus money that was suppose to be allocated for NIH for research!!! They wasted it, were unable to review the proposals they received in a fair and objective manner, and they left the scientists wondering where did the rest of the money go when only 1% of the applications received were funded (only $200M of the promissed 8 or 10 billion!). And they want us to trust them with our healthcare system! Wow, our government is truly imploding!!!!
After what the Republicans have done in the past few years, I will never trust them again!
Now here is a true lion of the Senate. Out there eating Ted's corpse before they could get him in the ground. I wish I lived in your state so I could vote against you – three or four times.
Where was the "voice" when W sent over 4000 of our young men to their death to kill the "man that wants to kill my daddy"? Plus the 10s of thousands that are maimed and will never again have a normal life.
How much health care could we have for the amount spent on that illegal war? How much are the Insurance Companies paying these jerks in the Right-wing-nut party?
The GOP is no longer a functioning party. It's commendable that Pres. Obama made efforts to try to include them, but it's clear that their twin agendas of destroying Obama and returning to power at all costs are incompatible with any sort of serious dialogue.
It's time to jettison the GOP altogether.
Fact: This country should be embarassed by the current lack of HealthCare for ALL Americans. These elected officials should cut the crap and work together to make HealthCare the Right it should be. They all should be ashamed-playing Politics with people's Health. What do they have to lose-They have great HealthCare-but then, they are Elected-Down the road they just might themselves out of a Job-and up the creek..
It's a good thing nobody understands math, or logic these days. First republicans denounce government interference in health care and they say it costs too much. Then they rally around Medicare, a government run program saying we should increase funding for it. Oh, and btw, factcheck.org has already disproven the myth that democrats would decrease spending on Medicare. I urge you to read it!
I can not believe that any American loving American would elect such a joke as Obama for President. It is just a shame that if this Monster is passed that it would only effect the fools that are for it.
Is anyone else getting tired of these guys repeating over and over the same talking points provided to them by the insurance industry?